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NC House of Representatives District 11

The North Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House of Representatives consists of 120 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who holds powers similar to those of the Senate President pro-tem. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years, and the dates for these sessions are set by law. The NC legislature makes decisions on the budget: taxes, tax credits, economic development, education funding, Pre-K, the courts, Medicaid, etc. It also passes laws that set environmental standards such as water and air quality, tax rates, tax credits, criminal justice. Legislators in both chambers serve two-year terms without term limits. Sessions begin at noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.

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    Allison Dahle
    (Dem)

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    Clark Pope
    (Rep)

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    Adrian Lee Travers
    (Lib)

Biographical Information

What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

Education policy and funding issues have been in the news lately. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

Tax policy can be used to address many issues –giving subsidies to companies coming to NC, balancing the needs of urban and rural areas, providing family support such as the earned-income tax credit, etc. What are your views about the tax policies in NC?

Many communities in North Carolina are experiencing significant violence. Do you think that changes to the laws in our state would improve safety in our communities?

Age (optional) 56
Contact Phone (919) 446-1788
Twitter @allisondahle
Position/philosophy statement I pledge to do everything I can to serve you, your family, and our community. I will listen to your concerns a
Expanding Medicaid to ensure healthcare for everyone.
I believe that all of our students from kindergarten through graduate school deserve the best education we can provide. The history of our great state was built on the foundation that education is a right to every person in North Carolina. Our forefathers thought education was so important that they put it in Article 1 in our state’s constitution, which reads, “The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.”
Taxes

I will work for policies that put the working class at the center of tax reform. In 2014, the Republican-controlled General Assembly let the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expire, which provided tax relief to more than 900,000 low and middle-income North Carolinians. I support reinstating the EITC, and I oppose any effort to further subsidize the rich by capping the state’s income tax.
I think we need common sense gun laws and background checks. we need to fund positions that help communities not defund community support and community programs
Age (optional) 49
Mailing Address 105 Quid Ct
Cary, NC 27513
Contact Phone (919) 561-9421
email address cepope411@gmail.com
Twitter @cepope411
Position/philosophy statement As an engineer, I am primarily passionate about offering practical solutions that address concerns from all sides and are cost-efficient to implement.
End divisive politics and return to a citizen legislature so that regular working people can serve. Establish a marshal service to protect kids like my daughter in school. Establish Life Accounts and financial education programs to address wealth inequality and poverty. Employ technology at the state level to provide new approaches to age-old problems like food stamps and make sure we maximize what we get for our tax dollars.
North Carolina spends about 50% more per student than the number one school system in the world (South Korea). Baltimore spends $17.5k per student per year and has 13 high schools without one student proficient at math. Clearly, spending and performance are not highly correlated. That said, we can give our teachers a 12.4% raise, without any cost to the State, by allowing them to voluntarily opt-out of contributing to Social Security from their teacher pay. I also support school choice so that parents can choose the school that works best for their child. I have additional proposals to convert school busses and facilities to multiuse so that they're serving the needs of all citizens year-round while delivering more value for the money we're already spending.
North Carolina state taxes are relatively fair compared to our neighbor states and the rainy day fund has been managed well over the last 10 years. At the county/local level, we've borrowed excessively and raised taxes substantially. To the extent possible I will vote to impose fiscal responsibility at county/local levels and make sure that we get as much value as possible from the taxes we're already paying.
The violence is a result of several social factors but at root, it is fueled by drug profits. I will seek to end the profitability of drugs by any means necessary and rioting/looting can never be tolerated. My website contains extensive descriptions of criminal justice, education, and drug policy reforms that I propose.
Age (optional) 48
Contact Phone (360) 775-7342
email address Adrian@Adrian4NC.org
Position/philosophy statement It’s a forgotten art to actually serve the public as a public servant. I plan to bring that art back from the dead.
My most important priority is twofold and symbiotically entwined: I am going to bring back to the House a voice of reason, unencumbered by special interest groups and lobbyists who’ve infiltrated both major political parties, and I will be bringing with me the voices of my community in doing so.

As a bartender, I know how to do things well: I know how to listen, and I know how to serve. Sadly, this is a lost art with so many elected officials. They've forgotten that that they were elected by us, the lesser magistrate, to be servants to the public. I seek to bring that lost art back to the House.
Parents deserve the choice of making the determination of the best educational route for their children, and their hard-earned tax dollars should be allowed to follow in the direction of that choice.

Our world in all areas of knowledge has been exploding at an exponential rate for many decades, and yet, our government-regulated education system is still functioning with the same general mindset since the inception of the federal DoE back in 1980. Change is sorely needed, and it’s time to look outside of a government that’s influenced more by “perks and bennies” from back room decisions that line the pockets of people who are more interested in their own personal gains than the best interest of their constituents.
My view in this is quite simple: Why should only OUTSIDERS reap the rewards from special tax deductions and other benefits? Shouldn’t our own native citizens be treated with equal, if not better, consideration for starting businesses inside our great state?

Certainly, I’m not opposed to incentivizIng businesses outside of NC to move here and becoming a part of our family. However, there is no reason to not treat our own budding entrepreneurs with anything less than the best in order to keep the “North Carolinian Dream” alive and kicking.
Sadly, no. This is a morality issue, and no government can legislate morality. Morality is established in the heart of the individual.

Domestic terrorism is on the rise, seeking to tear down everything that our founders fought and died for to give to us, their future generations and all who seek to carve a life established on the inalienable rights given to us by Nature and Nature’s God, as it’s stated in the US Constitution.

We have the basic rules and regulations already in place.

What we must do is allow those who’ve taken the oath to protect the citizens of our communities from our enemies, both foreign and domestic, to go and do just that.

Yes, I wholeheartedly believe in everyone's First Amendment right to PEACEFULLY protest. But make no mistake about it: rioters are not peaceful protestors; they’re terrorists without a forethought of a future in mind.

This is an upstart destined to be a repeat of the disastrous French Revolution, who eventually became so out of control emotionally that they slaughtered Robespierre, their biggest supporter and leader. Not only that, they are following the Communist playbook by tearing down statues and erasing our nation’s history, just like Lenin, Stalin, and Mao did.

We must reasonably discern the difference between peaceful protesters and riotous terrorists and no longer tolerate one being called the other.